About Us

Terms of Reference

1.  Purpose

The Weather Coalition (WC) is dedicated to bringing together industry, state and local governments, academia, and professional organizations to identify and pursue priority initiatives to advance the capabilities of the U.S. weather enterprise.  The WC was established in 2004 by a consortium of private and academic sector entities within the weather enterprise. 

The U.S. weather enterprise has a number of existing entities that organize and represent community interests.  While providing excellent service to the community, these organizations are either focused on a single sector, or are constrained in their ability to work directly with policy makers to further the goals of the enterprise.  The WC will fill this gap, building on existing enterprise activities and organizations and working with Congress and the Executive Branch to implement identified initiatives.   The goal is to improve the nation’s weather prediction and warning capabilities in service of our citizens and businesses.  The outcome will be improved protection of life and property, economic growth and reduced socioeconomic vulnerability to weather, stronger research and development, enhanced competitiveness for U.S. industry here and abroad, and better support for national defense. 

Background

The economic health and public safety of the nation are dependent on state-of-the-art weather data, information and services provided through a partnership of the public, private and academic sectors known as the U.S. weather enterprise.  In turn, these data, information and services require robust capabilities, including weather infrastructure, satellites, radars and other terrestrial sensors, and data provision, as well as state-of-the-art computational resources and forecast models.  The urgent and expanding demand for improved weather services has surpassed our current capacities.  However, the weather enterprise has the latent capacity to develop and implement robust new capabilities.  Achieving these new capabilities will require agreement on specific priorities, an approach to achieving the priorities, and active engagement of stakeholders including senior officials in the Administration and Congress.  The WC will focus on this latter step and will rely heavily on existing organizations to identify priorities as well as solutions to meet these priorities.  The WC is not intended to replace the advocacy efforts of its constituent organizations, but rather to provide a more effective voice for shared priorities.

2.  Membership

  • Companies, organizations, institutions, state and local governments, and universities supporting the U.S. weather enterprise or interested in furthering the capabilities of the enterprise are eligible for membership if they are willing to make a clear and continuing commitment to active participation in the activities of the WC, including its governance.
  • Membership is to consist of entities within the Weather Enterprise as defined above.  Sole proprietorships are eligible entities; however, individuals may not be members.
  • Individuals and non-U.S. entities may be represented within the WC by means of several methods including via membership in one of the scientific, academic, or private sector entities belonging to, or affiliated with, the WC.
  • Each member entity shall designate one primary representative; this representative may designate a substitute on occasions when the primary representative is unavailable.
  • Membership is transparent.
  • There is no restriction on the number of member entities.
  • There are multiple membership levels each associated with different levels of dues and representation.   

3.  Organizational Structure, Accountability and Operational Procedures

  • The governing body of the WC shall be a Board of Directors (called the Board).
    • The Board shall be elected in a regular and open manner by the members, as defined in the Bylaws.
    • The role of the Board shall be to provide strategic direction and leadership to aggressively pursue the development of the next-generation capabilities of the U.S. weather enterprise to support the economic health and public safety of the nation now and into the future.
  • The WC shall have an Executive Director who serves at the discretion of the Board and reports to the Board.
    • The Executive Director shall be appointed by a super majority of the members of the Board of Directors. 
    • The Executive Director shall be responsible for on-going activities of the WC.
  • The WC shall have a Secretary/Treasurer who will be appointed by the Board.
  • The WC shall conduct a yearly independent audit.
  • Political or advocacy positions of the WC must be representative of a super majority of the members of the Board of Directors.
  • The WC organizational structure, accountability, and operating procedures are documented in detail in the WC Bylaws.

4.  Working Methods:

  • Functions

To fulfill its mission the WC will:

    • Annually prepare and aggressively deliver top priorities of the enterprise in concert with the annual federal appropriation cycle.  This includes gathering input from the community, coordinating a review among members, and presenting final recommendations to WC leadership for approval.  These priorities will be reviewed and updated on a regular basis as needed or in response to major issues as they arise.
    • Develop and implement strategies to advocate for priorities with Congressional members and Administration officials.  This includes developing and maintaining an active relationship with leadership of member organizations, federal leadership and staff, Members of Congress and congressional staff.  Coordinate any rapid responses to Congressional, Administration and press inquiries. 
    • Assist member organizations with their communication and advocacy efforts by sharing materials and communicating any feedback from federal interactions.  This includes maintaining an awareness of concerns of member organizations.
    • Leverage and work to enhance existing weather enterprise activities that focus on improving the quantification of the nation’s socioeconomic vulnerability to weather.
    • Maintain relationships with Partner Organizations within the weather and climate enterprise (e.g. the American Meteorological Society).
    • Maintain relationships with similar organizations in other fields.
    • Work actively to support and engage the public sector.
    • Convene sub-groups on an as-needed basis.  
  • Meetings
    • The WC will convene meetings bi-monthly or more frequently on an as-needed basis.  These may be telecons.
    • The meetings will be called and chaired by the Executive Director.
    • The agenda will be set by the Executive Director.
    • Meetings may include invited non-members subject to the approval of the Executive Director.
    • Meeting minutes will be distributed to the Board for approval and made available to members on a members-only secure part of the WC website.
  • Web Presence and Social Media
    • The WC will maintain a website.
    • The WC will utilize additional social media as needed.

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Updated: 12 September 2013